EU Adopts Two New Amendments To Vet Drugs Legislation

Posted by Aleksa Soldatic on Apr 9, 2018


On April 3 and 4 2018, the EU parliament adopted two Implementing Regulations that are amending Commission Regulation (EU) No 37/2010 on pharmacologically active substances and their classification regarding maximum residue limits in foodstuffs of animal origin.

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Topics: vet drugs, European Union, legislation

China and USA Trade Relations Strained; Impacts USA Imports to China

Posted by Yolanda Li on Apr 4, 2018

On April 2, 2018, China State Council announced that, “China suspends the tariff reduction notice on a range of American imported products” in response to the US tariff decision on China imported steel and aluminium.

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Topics: China, MOFCOM, tariff, United States

Taiwan Amended Regulations on Nutrition Labeling for Prepackaged Food Products

Posted by Annie He on Apr 2, 2018


On March 31, 2018, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) released the Amendment on “Regulations on Nutrition Labeling for Prepackaged Food Products". The amendment took effect immediately.

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Topics: Taiwan, Nutrition Facts Label

Nigeria's Standard Organization Issues Public Notice on Product Authentication Mark (PAM)

Posted by Kanimozhi Kajamohideen on Mar 26, 2018

The Standards Organization of Nigeria notified the general public of the introduction of PRODUCT AUTHENTICATION MARK (PAM) on all locally manufactured and imported products into Nigeria from the second quarter of 2018.

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Topics: Nigeria, Product Authentication Mark (PAM), import

Scotland's Minimum Pricing for Alcohol Goes Into Effect in May 2018

Posted by Dusan Ristic on Mar 26, 2018

The recent order on alcohol pricing has finally put an end to a five-year-long discussion on the minimum pricing for alcoholic beverages. Even though the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) Act was approved already in 2012, it was challenged by the Scotch Whisky Association for breaching EU law. The UK Supreme Court cleared the challenge in November last year, paving the way to application of the Act from May 1, 2018.

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Topics: Scotland, alcoholic beverages, pricing

China Reshuffles State Council Structure; Your Familiar Food Ministries Will Disappear

Posted by Yolanda Li on Mar 19, 2018


On March 17, 2018, the 13th National People’s Congress approved the institutional restructuring plan submitted by China State Council. In the plan, ministries are decreased by eight and State Council agencies are decreased by seven. Food-related ministries and bureaus will be reshuffled as follows.

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European Union: Nutritional Labeling For Alcoholic Beverages

Posted by Aleksa Soldatic on Mar 14, 2018

On March 12, 2018,  the alcoholic beverage industry submitted a self-regulatory proposal to the Commission and presented it to Commissioner Andriukaitis.

One year ago, the  European Commission adopted a report to the European Parliament and the Council regarding the mandatory labeling of the list of ingredients and the nutrition declaration of alcoholic beverages. This report is based on data collected by the Commission through Member States and stakeholders consultations.

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Topics: Nutrition, Labeling, alcoholic beverages, European Union

Nigeria's Standard Organization Reviews Soft Drink Standards and Develop Standards for Energy Drinks

Posted by Kanimozhi Kajamohideen on Mar 12, 2018

March 11, 2018: The Standard Organization of Nigeria has emphasized the need for Nigeria to determine safe benzoic acid levels in soft drinks or consider alternative preservatives.

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Topics: Nigeria, Benzoic acid, soft drinks, energy drinks, preservatives

India: 2018 Notice for Operationalization of Food Safety and Standards Amendment Regulations

Posted by Kanimozhi Kajamohideen on Feb 23, 2018

On February 20, 2018, the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India notified under Section 16 (5) of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 a change regarding operationalization of Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labeling) Amendment Regulations related to the labeling of blended vegetable oil.

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Topics: India, FSSAI, Packaging, Labeling, blended vegetable oil

New Amendment For Mexico Additives Regulation

Posted by Ofelia Medina on Feb 20, 2018

On February 9 and 14,  2018, new amendments to the “Agreement that determines additives and adjuvants in food, beverages and food supplements, their use and health standards – DOF 16/07/12” were published in the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS) website.

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Topics: Mexico, Food Additives, food regulation

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